Grandparents’ Rights in Fort Lauderdale
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Divorce affects far more people than the two individuals separating. As a parent of a divorcing spouse, the most devastating feeling, aside from watching your child endure the pain and heartbreak, is questioning whether you will have access to your grandchildren. Grandparents’ rights laws in Florida can be confusing and intimidating. Our experienced Fort Lauderdale family law attorneys at Arcaro Law Group can help you learn more about your rights to visitation with your grandchildren.
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Obtaining Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in the State of Florida
In matters of divorce, the state of Florida generally leaves visitation with grandparents to the separating spouses to decide as a part of the divorce agreement and parenting plan. If one parent does not wish to grant grandparents visitation rights, the courts may step in. Unfortunately, grandparent visitation rights are notoriously difficult to obtain. Under current Florida law, rights to visitation as a grandparent are legally viable when both parents are deceased or in a vegetative state, or when one parent is deceased or in a vegetative state and the other parent has been convicted of a felony or a violent offense deemed a substantial threat to the child’s safety and well-being.
Even then, the court must be shown:
- The parent is unfit or poses a significant threat to the child
- Visitation of grandparents is in the best interest of the child
- Visitation of grandparents will not significantly harm the parent-child relationship
Florida law provides limited authority over a child’s visitation with family members other than the parents. A parent’s right to control visitation are seldom overridden by the court absent harm to the child. If you would like to explore your right to establish court-ordered visitation with your grandchildren, contact Arcaro Law Group. Our attorneys have been practicing family law for more than a combined 35 years, and we have the knowledge and resources to help you.
If you need help obtaining visitation privileges with your grandchildren, call our Fort Lauderdale divorce attorneys at (954) 800-2880 now.